Do you have a problem child?

That was me! I'm not talking about kids affected by major trauma or with severe behaviour issues or mental health issues today.   Today, I'm talking about inherently good, smart kids who seem to love trouble.  That was me.  I knew what was right but I seemed to love to choose the wrong way, the... Continue Reading →

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Exam Day

My university daughter is preparing for exams this week.  It's hard to watch.   She stays up way too late studying and writing papers.   She doesn't eat well, she gets grumpy, snappy and pushes the limits of exhaustion.  Inevitably she will end up physically sick.   I was the same way in school.   I got so anxious... Continue Reading →

Sharing is caring

God is so amazing. A few of my devotions this week have been about giving and sharing with others.   Our sermon on Sunday was about giving and sharing our resources.   The pastor asked if we are giving all we can in every way.  Not just our funds but are we using our time, talents and... Continue Reading →

Looking up at 40

I vividly remember when my parents turned 40.   I remember when all of my aunts and uncles turned 40.  I am sure it's awfully strange that their daughter and niece is turning 40 today! So many people have a hard time with 40.  Lots of people stop at 39 and continue to tell people they... Continue Reading →

One Weekend In Foster Care

When we took foster parent training classes 20 years ago, we heard a very impactful story.   I am sure I won't do it justice but the basic message will come through.  I am going to attempt to write in the words of the woman who spoke to us and inspired us.   Her words come back... Continue Reading →

Grandparents vs Grandparents

Grandparenting today can look very different from one family to the next.  Some children grow up having relationships with their grandparents, great grandparents and even great-great grandparents.  To other families who started later in life, this may sound impossible as their parents are much older and their grandparents are in their 80’s by the time... Continue Reading →

How Culture & Religion affect Foster Care

As foster parents, we have had children of all sorts of religions, cultures, family values and heritage.   Our heritage is mostly European from all sides.   Our culture is a mixture of Canadian and Dutch.   Our religion is Bible believing, Christian.   Our family values are respect, family, helping others, quality time and friendships. Today I was... Continue Reading →

Investigate your Word of the Year

Now that you have chosen a word of the year and we are a few weeks into 2019 how has your word impacted you so far?   I've been getting messages with really cool stories on ways people are seeing their word pop up places.   If you have seen your word, comment below.   I'd love to... Continue Reading →

My word of the year is speaking

So it's only January 2 and my word of the year is already speaking to me. Yesterday I read about how we all have a nemesis or two and how we need to forgive them their flaws or we will not be forgiven ours.   Most of my friends know exactly who would be considered my... Continue Reading →

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